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  • Russia Wants to Build a Bridge to North Korea. Literally.

    03/24/2018 12:59:31 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Mar 2018 | Adam Taylor
    The border between North Korea and Russia is 11 miles, following the Tumen River and its estuary in the far northeast. There is one lone crossing, dubbed the “Friendship Bridge.” It opened in 1959 and offers the two nations a rail connection. The two nations have long suggested a crossing that would allow vehicles to go between them without a lengthy detour through China. And Wednesday, the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East announced in a statement that the two sides would create a working group on a new crossing. The proposed bridge may be more noteworthy...
  • New Protest Held Against Volokolamsk Landfill Near Moscow

    03/24/2018 6:03:04 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 2 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | March 24, 2018 | With reporting by AP, AFP, and Dozhd
    VOLOKOLAMSK, Russia -- About 1,000 people have protested again in Volokolamsk, some 100 kilometers west of Moscow, demanding the closure of a landfill that has been leaking toxic gas that harmed dozens of children this week. The protesters gathered outside the local administration headquarters, many of them wearing pink ribbons as homage to a local schoolgirl who shamed Moscow region Governor Andrei Vorobyov with a defiant gesture during a previous protest. The March 24 protest came despite the fact that Vorobyov the previous day fired the district chief, after dozens of local children were hospitalized on March 21 due to...
  • [OPINION] UAE sweep exposes Turkish intelligence links to jihadists in Syria

    03/23/2018 7:10:12 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Turkish Minute ^ | March 3, 2018 | Abdullah Bozkurt
    The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, which has aided, funded and armed jihadist groups in Syria for years, is troubled by the detention of a key operative in Dubai by United Arab Emirates security, most likely in cooperation with the Americans. The man who was picked from a Grand Sheraton Hotel in Dubai while having breakfast with his wife on Feb. 20, 2018 is Mehmet Ali Öztürk. He has been running logistical lines for jihadist groups, especially Turkmens and Chechens, in Syria, since 2011, when the Syrian crisis began. Öztürk is linked to Turkish spy agency the National Intelligence...
  • Erdogan to inaugurate nuclear power plant with 'friend' Putin

    03/23/2018 7:23:49 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 9 replies
    Kurdistan24 ^ | March 20-2018 | Art Khalidi
    RBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday announced that the construction of his country’s first nuclear power plant in the Mediterranean province of Mersin would begin this year. “We are planning to lay the foundation for the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant with my dear friend Mister Putin,” Erdogan told an audience during an energy conference at his Ankara palace. “In fact, I had the chance yesterday to talk with him on this issue over the phone,” the Turkish President said, highlighting a blossoming friendship with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin whom he called to congratulate...
  • Russia 'arming the Afghan Taliban', says US

    03/23/2018 6:20:46 AM PDT · by tlozo · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | March 23, 2018 | Justin Rowlatt
    Russia is supporting and even supplying arms to the Taliban, the head of US forces in Afghanistan has told the BBC. In an exclusive interview, Gen John Nicholson said he'd seen "destabilising activity by the Russians." He said Russian weapons were smuggled across the Tajik border to the Taliban, but could not say in what quantity. Russia has denied such US allegations in the past, citing a lack of evidence... "We see a narrative that's being used that grossly exaggerates the number of Isis [Islamic State group] fighters here," Gen Nicholson told BBC News. "This narrative then is used as...
  • Palestinian Arabs: Remove the Americans from Ramallah

    03/23/2018 1:05:55 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/3/18 | Dalit Halevi
    Palestinian Arabs demonstrated in Ramallah on Thursday, demanding the closure of the America House which, is operated by the U.S. consulate in eastern Jerusalem and located in the city of Ramallah. The role of the America House, which is established in 2010, is to disseminate American culture. The protesters demanded the removal of American workers and the closure of their offices, in protest of the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and its intention to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by mid-May, in time for Israel’s 70th Independence Day....
  • Saudi prince denies Kushner is ‘in his pocket’

    03/23/2018 1:07:06 AM PDT · by blueplum · 7 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 23 Mar 2018 | Karen D. Young
    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Thursday it would be ‘‘really insane’’ for him to trade classified information with presidential son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner, or try to use Kushner to promote Saudi aims within the Trump administration. Having that kind of relationship ‘‘will not help us’’ and does not exist, he said. Speaking in a meeting with Washington Post editors and reporters, Mohammed denied U.S. media reports that he had claimed Kushner was ‘‘in his pocket,’’ or that he had sought or received a green light from Kushner, when the two met in Riyadh in October,...
  • Trump fumes over leak about his congratulatory call to Putin, 'going to be a scalp over this'

    03/22/2018 10:58:44 AM PDT · by detective · 38 replies
    MSN News ^ | Noah Bierman and Tracy Wilkinson
    Shortened title. Full title: As Trump fumes over leak about his congratulatory call to Putin, word is 'there's going to be a scalp over this' President Donald Trump and some aides were furious on Wednesday after the leak of sensitive notes for briefing the president before a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to aides and a close associate. The leak appeared designed to embarrass Trump for congratulating rather than confronting Putin — contrary to the notes’ recommendation.
  • Erdogan impatient to charge ahead in Syria as Ankara sizes up Pompeo

    03/22/2018 4:40:30 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | March 20, 2018 | Semih Idiz
    It is not clear at this stage what effect President Donald Trump’s nomination of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state will have on Turkish-American ties, already strained over a number of seemingly intractable issues.What is clear, though, is that Ankara is rattled with Trump’s choice. The reason is a tweet by Pompeo during the coup attempt in July 2016 in which he likened Turkey, alongside Iran, to a “totalitarian Islamic dictatorship.” The implication of the tweet, which Pompeo later deleted, appeared to be that the attempted coup — which had still not failed at the time of the message — may have been an auspicious event. It only served to reinforce the...
  • 'They could be twins': photos appear to show Russians voting twice in election

    03/22/2018 12:31:10 AM PDT · by Krosan · 25 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wed 21 Mar 2018 | The Guardian
    Reporters have photographed what appears to be evidence of people voting twice in Russia’s presidential election. Vladimir Putin returned to power at the weekend with a of the vote. In the town of Ust-Djeguta, in southern Russia near Georgia, Reuters reporters photographed 17 people who appeared to cast two ballots. Leila Koichuyeva, a member of the election commission, when shown the pictures of people who apparently voted twice, said: “They could be twins.” Zukhra Chomaeva, another election official at polling station number 217, said: “How do I know if they’re the same person? They might look the same.” Ludmila Sklyarevskaya...
  • Special Briefing from Pastor John Hagee [Video report regarding 2007 strike against Syria 2:36 min]

    03/21/2018 11:05:25 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 9 replies
    OfficialCUFI via You Tube ^ | March 21, 2018 | Pastor John Hagee
    Special Briefing from Pastor John Hagee
  • Declassified: How an Israeli operation derailed Syria’s nuclear weapons drive

    03/21/2018 11:35:06 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 18 replies
    Defense News ^ | March 21, 2018 | Barbara Opall-Rome
    Link only because of copyright: Declassified: How an Israeli operation derailed Syria’s nuclear weapons drive
  • Kennedy Telegram Congratulating Khrushchev on Manned Space Flight

    03/21/2018 11:37:48 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 27 replies
    JFK Library ^ | March 21, 2018
  • Anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele to be deposed in libel lawsuit

    03/21/2018 11:28:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 21, 2018 | Rowan Scarborough
    A London court on Wednesday ordered Christopher Steele, author of the anti-Trump dossier, to submit to questions from American attorneys suing him for libel on behalf of a Russian entrepreneur. A senior master in the High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench, rejected Mr. Steele’s argument that British law prohibited an ex-spy such as himself from testifying. “On Mr. Steele’s behalf it was said that the examination would be prohibited by English law which is untrue,” said the 39-page order obtained by the Washington Times. SEE ALSO: Read the ruling requiring anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele to be deposed in libel...
  • The scientist who developed “Novichok”: “Doses ranged from 20 grams to several kilos”

    03/21/2018 9:55:50 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 10 replies
    The Bell ^ | March 03, 2018 | Svetlana Reiter, Natalia Gevorkyan
    The Bell was able to find and speak with Vladimir Uglev, one of the scientists who was involved in developing the nerve agent referred to as “Novichok”. According to British authorities, a nerve agent from the “Novichok” series was used to poison former Rusian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. Vladimir Uglev, formerly a scientist with Volsk branch of GOSNIIOKHT (“State Scientific-Research Institute for Organic Chemistry and Technology”), which developed and tested production of new lethal substances since 1972, spoke for the first time about his work as early as the 1990s. He left the institute in 1994...
  • Trump Congratulates Putin On Winning Presidential Election (Collusion Alert)

    03/20/2018 2:25:53 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 23 replies
    TASS ^ | 03/20/2018 | TASS
    MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/. US President Donald Trump has congratulated his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on his win in the presidential election in a telephone call on Tuesday, the Kremlin press service reported. Apart from that, according to the Kremlin press service, the two leaders discussed further contacts between the two countries and topical international issues. READ ALSO US elite use Kremlin List to fight Trump and settle political scores, Russia's PM says Lavrov warns US against provocations aiming to break down Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong-un Trump agrees Russia must provide unambiguous answers about Skripal incident Russian expert believes...
  • Top Senators Press DOJ On Whether Russian Government Paid Christopher Steele

    03/20/2018 12:39:44 PM PDT · by mojito · 19 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 3/20/2018 | Sean Davis
    In a lengthy letter to the inspector general of the Department of Justice (DOJ), two key senators demanded answers on whether anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele was ever paid by the Russian government or other Russian sources. The letter from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked Michael E. Horowitz, the DOJ inspector general, for answers to 31 sets of detailed questions related to DOJ’s handling of various Russia-related probes in 2016 and 2017. “What connections are there between Mr. Steele and the Russian government or Russian intelligence community?” the senators asked. “Has Mr. Steele ever been...
  • The Latest: 8 Security Council members demand Syria action

    03/19/2018 8:42:29 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 20, 2018 | Stuff
    Eight Security Council nations say it's "imperative" that the U.N. body "immediately pursue decisive action" to achieve a cease-fire in Syria if U.N. member states, especially Russia and its ally Syria, don't implement a resolution demanding a cessation of hostilities. A letter sent to all 15 council members on Monday expresses "profound concern" about the lack of implementation of the Feb. 24 resolution demanding a cease-fire throughout Syria without delay to deliver humanitarian aid and evacuate the critically ill and wounded. It singles out Russia and Syria as key to implementation. The letter was signed by France, Kuwait, Peru, Poland,...
  • Putin Wins Another Six-Year Term in the Kremlin

    03/18/2018 12:48:05 PM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 90 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 18 Mar 2018 | Reuters
    Putin's thumping victory will extend his total time in office to nearly a quarter of a century, until 2024, by which time he will be 71. Only Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ruled for longer. Putin has promised to use his new term to beef up Russia's defences against the West and to raise living standards. None of the seven candidates who ran against him posed a threat, and opposition leader Alexei Navalny was barred from running. Critics alleged that officials had compelled people to come to the polls to ensure that voter boredom at the one-sided contest did not lead...
  • (Russian) Sub K-317 "Panther" sets the record of tracking the potential enemy.

    03/18/2018 12:25:46 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 13 replies
    Zvezda (Armed Forces of Russia) ^ | 03/16/2018 | Konstantin Fedorov
    "The first contact with a foreign submarine lasted for several days, and at that time it was a record for the Navy for the duration of tracking," Alexander Brazgun, a technician of the hydro-acoustic group of the PANATA "Panther", said. Sergei Starshinov, the commander of the Shchuk(a) Division...Earlier told about how during the unique operation "Pike" reached the American bases and left their area, left undetected. â–